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“Cuba: The surprising influence in Latin America” By Dirk Kruijt
06-02-2017 at 20:00 - 21:30
With his brand-new book, ‘Cuba and Revolutionary Latin America’, prof. dr. Kruijt got into radicals’ minds and motivations to show a brutally honest testimony to Cuba’s historic relationship with Latin America’s revolutionary left, its past and its present. This is also the standpoint for the lecture of this evening on the ‘El Cocodrilo’ and its southern neighbours.
Ever since Fidel Castro and Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara their socialist revolution, the Republic of Cuba has been a curious and sometimes spectacular country on the global playing field. After the revolution and the ‘Cuba crisis’, as the USA imposed a trade embargo on Cuba, the country remained a mysterious case to be studied. Besides this highly interesting topic, the Caribbean island has an extensive cultural and political influence with countries more to its south, in Latin America. Regrettably, this topic tends to be outshined by the study of the relationship with Cuba’s northern neighbour, the USA. This lecture will aim at correcting this shame by enlightening the Latin American part of the picture of Cuba’s foreign relations.
Researcher and writer prof. dr. Dirk Kruijt has been Professor of Development Studies from 1993 to 2008 and is at present professor emeritus at Utrecht University. He was president of the Netherlands Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, did research on Latin America at the several European universities and was visiting professor in many countries in the continent itself where he also performed field work.